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MAIRRY, v. Also ma(i)ry, mer(r)y. Gen.Sc. forms and usages of Eng. marry. [′mere, ′mɛre]

1. With on (Gen.Sc.), upon or with = Eng. to. Sc. 1705 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) I. 76:
She was maried on that worthy and usefull Christian and elder here.
Sc. 1707 Seafield Corresp. (S.H.S.) 431:
I beleeve he will be marryed before wee goe to London with Major Genll Ramsayes daughter.
Sc. 1728 Six Saints (Fleming 1901) I. 152:
He had so much sympathy with Mr M'Millan that he travelled 50 miles by sea and land to Edinburgh, to marry him upon his present wife.
Sc. 1813 Scott Letters (Cent. ed.) III. 275:
Her daughter is married on an uncle of my neighbour.
Abd. 1877 G. Macdonald M. of Lossie v.:
God forbid she sud be merried upon ony sic a bla'guard!
Sh. 1891 J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 76:
Da lass 'at he wis mairried on, Wis oy-in-law ta Maaly.
Ags. 1932 Barrie Farewell Miss J. Logan 89:
Christilly is married on a provision merchant in Ireland.

2. Fig. in phrs.: (1) mairriet tae the kirk, of a divinity student: ordained (Abd.27 1951); (2) wha to be married first, a card-game once popular in Gall. (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 458).

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"Mairry v.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 21 Oct 2021 <>



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